The Egyptian government is deservedly being condemned for the imprisonment of Peter Greste and several other al-Jazeera journalists.
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Peter Greste, however, is only one among many.

Thousands of protesters and activists in Egypt have been sentenced en masse to lengthy jail terms, or to death, based on little more evidence than that provided in the Greste trial. The Egyptian government claims the crackdown is aimed at extremists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, but a number of those being thrown in jail are secular activists who helped bring democracy to Egypt by toppling the repressive Mubarak regime in the Tahrir Square protests.

By imprisoning these activists, President al-Sisi’s government has made it clear their goal is not to remove extremists, but rather to eliminate all political opposition.

While the Prime Minister in his statement to Parliament on Tuesday said he would do whatever he could to secure Mr Greste’s release, he also said he “supports” the Egyptian government’s crackdown.

This sort of assault on basic democratic rights should never be condoned by Australia, let alone supported.

The Australian government must make it clear that Australia not only wants Peter Greste released but also to ensure that others shall not share his fate.

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The junior tractor pull on July 5 will be a feature of this year’s Winter Harvest Festival.HOW many children does it take to pull a tractor?
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Find out at Aratula on Saturday, July 5.

That is when the inaugural Kalbar and District Community Bank Junior Tractor Pulling Competition will be staged, as part of the Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival.

The new event is open to competitors aged 10 to 14. Teams of four people will be invited to test their strength against a 1.8 tonne little Boomer tractor.

The team to pull the tractor over 20m in the fastest time will win their share of a $3000 prize pool for their favourite sporting or community club.

The Winter Harvest Festival will be staged at the Aratula Community Sports Complex from 10am to 4pm on Saturday July 5.

It is the signature event of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, which runs throughout the first week of the school holidays and features farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners and much more.

The Harvest Festival will feature producers and retailers from across the region, food stalls, hot and cold food, live music, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations by TV chef Alastair McLeod.

One of the highlights of the event is sure to be the tractor pulling competition.

As well as the new junior event, the senior teams of 12 will be back to do battle with the 12-tonne John Deere tractor.

Last year competition was fierce and it’s expected to be even tougher this year, with teams rumoured to have already started training for the battle.

Aratula’s Jimmy and Emily Titmarsh tested their muscles on the blue Boomer tractor with great results this week.

They say a strong pulling stance and grippy shoes help, although they’re keeping their best tips secret to give their team an edge against the competition.

To register your junior or senior team for the Kalbar and District Community Bank Tractor Pulling Competition go to www.eatlocalweek老域名出售.au and download the application form.

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FOR places like Canowindra part of the attraction of town living is living next to a river.
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Many NSW towns are built around their rivers. It is a living part of their everyday life.

A $1 million feasibility study into the proposed Needles Gap dam as a part of the 2014-15 state budget was handed down on Tuesday.

If the dam is built at the Needles, this will influence the river downstream in places like Canowindra.

Native species such as the Murray cod will be impacted.

Fishermen and landholders remember when the Belubula had many pools full of river plants; which is ideal for cod.

Catchment erosion has since filled the pools, and made the channel muddier, and more suitable for carp. Carp in turn muddy the waters further. So the Murray Cod are already in trouble.

One effect of dams is known as cold water pollution.

For rivers such as the Cudgegong this means that there are only a few months in the year where native fish such as the Murray Cod can breed. By comparison, carp can breed for most of the year.

The location of the proposed dam at the Needles is one of the few locations that provide fish habitat where the river floor is stable, and which operates as refuge during years like 2009 when the river dried out below Canowindra. Add to this other considerations such as the prevention of fish migration.

Functioning rivers need leaves and sticks falling into the river from upstream plants, because this then provides food for many small animals like mayflies and water fleas.

This input plays a key role in building healthy river ecosystems, including helping reduce the likelihood of toxic algal blooms.

Areas downstream of dams are also more prone to channel lowering, flooding and bank collapse because of the high energy flows released from dams. And then there is the likely flooding of the highly significant Cliefden Caves.

Dams like this are typically intended to provide security in water supply for irrigation, but there are many other options for preserving water across our landscape which will cost less and be more effective.

The most obvious is managing the water we already have more wisely.

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Rupanyup v Natimuk United

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EXPERIENCED: Rupanyup’s Drew Tyler. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERGround: Rupanyup Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.
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Last time they met: Round eight, 2014. Natimuk United 18.12 (120) d Rupanyup 8.8 (56).

RUPANYUP will host Natimuk United on Saturday, and is confident it can upset the Rams for its second win of the season.

A slow start was the Panthers’ undoing in the previous meeting between the sides, but they outscored Natimuk United after half-time.

With his young team continuing to show signs of improvement and the Rams stuck in a form slump, coach Mick Finnigan said his team stood a chance of winning if it played its best.

“The personnel haven’t changed too much for us since last time, but we’ve just been able to enact the things we’ve been practising a bit better,” he said.

“For one reason or another they might have fallen off a little bit, but they’ve got some quality players so we’ll need to play well.”

Finnigan said Campbell Matthews was a 90 per cent chance to play, but Cam Taylor, injury, and Dennis Finnigan, work, are unavailable.

Natimuk United coach Tim Friend said his team needed to get back to basics to break out of its slump.

“The boys had a pretty good night at training on Tuesday with plenty of numbers on the track, so hopefully that carries through,” he said.

“We just need to get back to having fun playing footy.

“The pressure of finals isn’t there anymore for us, so we have to enjoy the contest and hopefully enjoy winning again.”

Friend said the likes of experienced Panthers Nathan Sachse, James Delahunty, Drew Tyler, Paul Trotter and David Lang would have his players on their guard.

Former club player Kyle O’Connor played on a one-game clearance from Horsham Saints at the weekend, and will be out of the side.

Kym Wilkinson is expected to take his place, but Friend said he was unsure what, if any, other changes would be made.

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Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge
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THE state government has delivered92 scholarships for mentalhealth nurses to undertake further study and training.

Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge said the $3000 scholarships would assist with post-graduate studies.

“The scholarships coincide this year with the new Mental Health Act from July 1,” she said.

“It is important that we assist our mental health nursing workforce tofurther their skill development as they help drive the significant andpositive reforms underway.

“Victoria has a diverse and highly professional mental health sectorspanning the public, community-managed and private sectors, and the new actwill help us make further improvements.”

Ms Wooldridge said the Postgraduate Mental Health Nurse Scholarshipscomplement the People in Health investments.

“These include a $28 million annual investment which targets workforcedevelopment in mental health and alcohol and drug services,” she said.

“This funding ensures the right supports are in place for a high quality,sustainable workforce across mental health, and alcohol and drug treatmentservices.

“Victoria is fortunate to have a proud history of providing high-qualityservices through a well-trained workforce that has the expertise andcommitment to achieve the goals of reform.

“And the Coalition Government iscommitted to providing nurses with opportunities to improve their skillsand knowledge.”

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Hanson in saddle for US tour

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ON TOUR: Lauretta Hanson, right, in Bendigo with BCS team-mate Tayla Evans. CENTRAL Victorian cyclist Lauretta Hanson is in the US riding in the 11-day Tour of America’s Dairylands.
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Representing the Bendigo-based Building Champions Squad, Hanson was sittingin 16th place overall in the pro women’s standingsafter eight races.

She had collectedpoints in fivestages- finishing eighth in a strong field of 45 at the Elkhart Lake Road Race on June 25 -and picked up sprint cash in several events.

The annual Dairylands tour is raced throughout south-eastWisconsin, and includes two events on theUSCycling National Criterium Calendar.

Hanson finished 10th overall at the event in 2013.

The Macedon Ranges Cycling Club member wonthe Tour of East Gippsland in February and paired with Bendigo’s Tayla Hanson to finish third in the Bendigo International Madison women’s race.

A finalist in Cycling Victoria’s 2013 female track rider of the year, she has gone toAmerica fora cycling scholarship at Milligan College in Tennessee.

The Dairylands tour ends on Sunday.

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Scenic Rim 4Real Milk’s Greg Dennis.SCENIC Rim 4Real Milk founderGreg Dennis will celebrate one yearas an independent dairy farmer withan open day on Saturday (June 28).
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The open day will be at the ScenicRim Robotic Dairy, 9023 Mt LindesayHighway at Tamrookum, south of Beaudesert, from 9am to4pm.

Mr Dennis cut ties with his processorin June 2013 to launch Scenic Rim4Real Milk, which is now stocked inmore than 170 south-east Queenslandstores.

His robotic dairy now shifts about30,000 litres of milk a week and hasalso diversified into cheese, withcream and yoghurt on the agenda forthe future.

Mr Dennis said despite a decline inconfidence in the dairy industry he sawa bright future for his independentbrand.

“Our dairy receives 60c a litre forthe milk, around a 15 per cent increaseon the average price paid to dairyfarmers,” he said.

There will be live music, a jumpingcastle and a giant hay bale maze at theopen day as well as viewings of cowsbeing milked in the robotic dairy andmilk being bottled at the factory.

Money raised on the day will go tothe charity Beyond Blue which supportspeople with depression.

For more information visitwww.scenicrim4realmilk老域名出售.au

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Day 3 – Wednesday June 25Again great weather. Aussies on display, including MarinkoMatosevic had a great match with Chardy.
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The Victorianhad a great match with, disappointingly losing to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in five sets.I spoke to Mark Woodforde before the match and asked how things were. He saidMatosevicwas “very agitated”. Matosevicisn’t named “Mad Dog” for nothing!

Thebest match of the day saw the Williams Sisters scrapein against Oksana Kalashnikova -the same name as the rifle, and she sure has rifle-like shots) and Olga Savchuk.in the doubles, 9-7 in the third set.

Ken Rosewall is having a great time at Wimbledon. We sat and had tea in the Last 8 Club with other past playersBetty Stove andFrew McMillan. It is always a great place for the past players to meet up.

Isaw Tony Roche and we talked about the reception that Lleyton Hewitt is getting at this year’s Championship. Great for Aussie tennis.

What a great interview byCBBC border terrier puppet “Hacker T Dog” with Andy Murray. Very funny.If you get a chance to see it, do so.

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John McEnroe is doing a session with contributed questions called “Love 40Love”.Very busy with his answers.

JUDY (Tegart) Dalton was a singles finalist at Wimbledon in 1968 and women’s doubles champion at Wimbledon in 1969. She was also a two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles finalist.

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AS REVELLERS prepare for Urban-mania in Narrabri, police have warned they will be on the ground too.
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Dozens of police officers have descended on the town to ensure both locals and visitors toe the line at tonight’s outdoor concert with Keith Urban.

Barwon Inspector Stuart Campbell said Operation Fuse had been formed to police the event which is expected to draw 6000 people.

“We will have numerous uniformed police on the ground,” he said. There will also be covert police working throughout the town to monitor crowds and their behaviour.

“Police will be focusing on anti-social behaviour in and around the concert and afterwards to basically ensure a trouble free event.”

And it won’t just be the concert field police will be keeping an eye on, with officers set to swarm camping areas, the CBD, car parks and the roads in and out of town, targeting alcohol-fuelled behaviour.

“Police are asking people to drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive,” Inspector Campbell said.

“There will be a large focus on random breath testing in and around Narrabri and there will be public transport available, so people are encouraged to use that instead of driving theirvehicles.”

Operation Fuse wraps up on Saturday.

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Scenic Rim 4Real Milk’s Greg Dennis.SCENIC Rim 4Real Milk founderGreg Dennis will celebrate one yearas an independent dairy farmer withan open day on Saturday (June 28).
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The open day will be at the ScenicRim Robotic Dairy, 9023 Mt LindesayHighway, Tamrookum from 9am to4pm.

Mr Dennis cut ties with his processorin June 2013 to launch Scenic Rim4Real Milk, which is now stocked inmore than 170 south-east Queenslandstores.

His robotic dairy now shifts about30,000 litres of milk a week and hasalso diversified into cheese, withcream and yoghurt on the agenda forthe future.

Mr Dennis said despite a decline inconfidence in the dairy industry he sawa bright future for his independentbrand.

“Our dairy receives 60c a litre forthe milk, around a 15 per cent increaseon the average price paid to dairyfarmers,” he said.

There will be live music, a jumpingcastle and a giant hay bale maze at theopen day as well as viewings of cowsbeing milked in the robotic dairy andmilk being bottled at the factory.

Money raised on the day will go tothe charity Beyond Blue which supportspeople with depression.

For more information visitwww.scenicrim4realmilk老域名出售.au

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